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Things finally go Canadians' way
August 10th, 2012 12:51AM

TAGS:  canada, olympics


[CANADA-FRANCE] In the semifinals, France outshot Japan, 25-6, but was on the losing end of a 2-1 score. In the bronze-medal game, the Bleues' domination was again almost total: an 18-4 edge in shots -- and two off the woodwork and third cleared off the line. But France's bad luck was Canada's good fortune as a goal by former Princeton star Diana Matheson in the second minute of stoppage time gave the Canadians a 1-0 win.

The win was revenge for Canada's 4-0 loss to France at the 2011 Women's World Cup and gave the Canadians their first medal in women's soccer and consolation for its 4-3 heart-breaking defeat to the USA in the semifinals.

Goalie Erin McLeod, who was whistled for the controversial delay of game that led to the late tying goal for the USA in the semifinals, came up big in the bronze-medal game played in Coventry.

“At the end of the day," the former SMU and Penn State keeper said, "this is the most resilient team I’ve ever been a part of. They were coming in waves, we stuck to our guns and we came out with a win. I saw the two-minute mark go up and I had, like, a horrible flashback to the U.S. game when they put the three-minute mark. But things went our way this time.’’

  1. John M Cote
    commented on: August 10, 2012 at 8:38 a.m.
    Well done Canada! Congratulations on getting the bronze - you certainly deserved it.
  1. Dennis Yunke
    commented on: August 10, 2012 at 9:05 a.m.
    Yes they did, and they will be a fun team to watch as we head to 2015.
  1. Jack Niner
    commented on: August 10, 2012 at 11:57 a.m.
    Canadian women are a GREAT soccer team! Congratulations on your medal win and a very fine showing at the Olympics.
  1. charles davenport
    commented on: August 10, 2012 at 9:05 p.m.
    the current coach has made a vast improvement.

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